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SpaceX Rival OneWeb Files for Bankruptcy, Citing Covid-19 as a Factor

Telecommunications firm OneWeb has filed for bankruptcy, leaving the status of its orbital internet constellation, which currently consists of 74 satellites, in doubt. The debt-stricken company said it failed to secure required funding on account of the covid-19 pandemic.Read more...
Tags: Science, Telecommunications, Satellites, OneWeb, Satellite Constellations, Communication Satellites, Internet Constellations

Space Force to Get the Hell Off of Earth

The U.S. Space Force is scheduled to launch its first mission to space in a two-hour window beginning at 2:57 p.m. ET on Thursday from Cape Canaveral, sending a communications satellite into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Earth, Military, US military, Satellites, Spaceflight, Ula, United Launch Alliance, Cape Canaveral, Space Force, U S Space Force, Atlas V

Satellites Show Italy's Air Pollution Dissipating as Covid-19 Outbreak Worsens

After China, Italy has been the second-hardest-hit by the covid-19 pandemic racing around the world. In an effort to staunch the number of cases, the Italian government severely restricted travel this week in northern Italy—the pandemic epicenter for the country—before extending restrictions to the entire country.Read more...
Tags: Science, Air Pollution, Italy, Satellites, China Italy, Coronavirus, Covid 19

The Orbital Clutter Expands: SpaceX RivaI OneWeb Is About to Launch 34 Satellites

OneWeb, a UK-based telecommunications firm, is set to launch 34 satellites into space. These satellites will join an internet constellation that could soon consist of 648 satellites, in a system that will rival Elon Musk’s Starlink. We’ve officially entered into a new race for space—one that threatens astronomy and…Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, UK, Science, Satellites, OneWeb, StarLink, Satellite Constellations, Space Traffic, Megaconstellations

Two Satellites Could Smash Into Each Other Over the U.S. Tonight

A pair of decommissioned satellites are at risk of colliding later today, potentially producing hundreds if not thousands of new pieces of space debris. Regardless of what happens, however, this incident illustrates our dire need for sensible space management practices. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Satellites, Space Junk, Space Traffic, Satellite Collisions

Satellite to Go Boom

DirecTV is rushing to move one of its satellites to a lower orbit due to the likelihood it will go boom, pow, kablam, rattle-rattle-bang, Space News reported on Wednesday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Fcc, Federal Communications Commission, Satellites, DirecTV, Space News, BAM

The Pentagon’s Plan to Pepper Space With Surveillance Satellites Is Taking Shape

New details have emerged about the Pentagon’s ambitious plan to build seven different defense constellations, the first of which will include hundreds of surveillance satellites that are expected to attain full global coverage in just six years.Read more...
Tags: Science, Technology, Defense, Satellites, Pentagon, Space Technology, Space Force, Satellite Constellations, Space Defense Agency

Satellite Images Show the Shocking Extent of Australia Bushfire Smoke

The bushfire crisis isn’t limited to Australia—it’s coming for the entire Southern Hemisphere atmosphere, too.Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Satellites, Bushfires, Smoke, Southern Hemisphere, Wildfire Season Is Year Round Now

China Set to Launch Its GPS Competitor Next Year

China is close to launching the last two satellites that will complete BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite System—the nation’s rival to the United States’ Global Positioning System.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, United States, Satellites, Gps, Navigation, Beidou, Casting A Bigger Net

Starlink Satellites Produce Wave of UFO Sightings in the US

Residents in northern Montana reported a string of strange lights dotting the sky. What looked like UFOs from an alien invasion has turned out to be another consequence of SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Montana, US, Satellites, UFOs, StarLink, Star Link

Apple’s Secret Satellites Could Mean Trouble for ISPs

It’s no surprise that Apple has secret teams working on secret projects. Over the years, we’ve heard of Apple Cars, Apple AR Headsets—you name it. Now, a Bloomberg report says the latest “secret” team is working on satellites that could potentially beam data to devices sometime in the next five years. Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Science, Bloomberg, Satellites, Space X, StarLink, Internet Satellites, Isatellites Are Gonna Be A Thing Huh, Project Juiper

Cheops satellite lifts off to study planets beyond solar system

Successful launch from French Guiana of European project comes day late after glitchEurope’s Cheops planet-hunting satellite has left Earth a day after its lift-off was delayed by a technical rocket glitch during the final countdown.A 30cm telescope aboard has been designed to measure the density, composition, and size of numerous exoplanets, which orbit stars beyond our solar system. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Earth, Satellites, European Space Agency, Exoplanets, CHEOPS

The final selfie frontier: app takes pictures from 36,000km up in space

Cameras mounted on a satellite allow users to take ‘selfies from space’ – on a beach, at a festival or sports event and eventually from anywhere you fancy – if the skies are clearA growing number of authorities around the world may be banning selfies – most recently the Japanese city of Kyoto put the kibosh on the taking of photos in its geisha neighbourhood – but one company is hoping to cash in on people’s desire to capture memorable moments, by introducing “the world’s longest selfie stick”, ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Science, Technology, World news, Satellites, Travel Photography, Kyoto, Spelfie, Anthony Burr

Elon Musk on His Space Internet: 'Whoa, It Worked'

It’ll require a few more years—and thousands of more satellites—before SpaceX’s Starlink internet constellation achieves full functionality, but that didn’t stop Elon Musk from participating in an early test of the system, which apparently worked.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Telecommunications, Satellites, StarLink, Satellite Constellations

What Are We Going to Do With All This Space Junk?

JoAnna Wendel is a science cartoonist and writer in Washington, DC. She loves space, planets, rocks, and her cat, Pancake. You can find her work at and follow her on Twitter at @JoAnnaScience.Read more...
Tags: Comics, Science, Washington Dc, Satellites, Space Junk, JoAnna Wendel

NASA Space Weather Satellite Set to Launch Tonight, Finally

NASA is ready to launch its space weather-measuring satellite tonight, following two years of delays.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Physics, Satellites, Space Weather, Ionosphere

Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives

SpaceX satellites could blight the night sky warn astronomers

Elon Musk’s Starlink internet satellites ‘have no public consensus and may impair view of the cosmos’Mega constellations of human-made satellites could soon blight the view of the night sky, astronomers warned following the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink probes last week.The first 60 of an intended 12,000 satellites were successfully blasted into orbit on Thursday by Musk’s company, SpaceX, which plans to use them to beam internet communication from space down to Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Internet, Satellites, Musk, StarLink

Breathtaking View of SpaceX Starlink Satellite ‘Train’ Triggers Wave of UFO Sightings

A satellite tracker in the Netherlands has captured stunning video of dozens of SpaceX Starlink satellites passing overhead. Launched together late last week, the chain of satellites looked like a giant, brightly lit train chugging away in the night sky—a rare sight that understandably prompted UFO sightings.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Spacex, Science, Netherlands, Satellites, StarLink, SpaceX Starlink, Things You Dont See Everyday

SpaceX Launches 60 Satellites for Elon Musk’s Starlink Internet Constellation

With one launch in the books and potentially dozens still to go, SpaceX has begun its build-out of the ambitious Starlink internet constellation—a series of interconnected satellites designed to deliver high-speed internet to paying customers around the globe.Read more...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Telecommunications, Satellites, StarLink

NASA launching living things into deep space for the first time (on purpose) in nearly 50 years

Next year, NASA's Artemis 1 mission will carry a baker's dozen of small cubesats to space, including one that's home to a colony of yeast cells. That cubesat, BioSentinel, will orbit the sun to help scientists understand how space radiation affects living organisms outside of Low Earth Orbit. NASA hasn't purposely sent any lifeforms beyond Low Earth Orbit since the last Apollo moon landing in 1972. (Purposely is a key word because of course every probe launched carries some accidental microbial...
Tags: Post, Space, Science, News, Nasa, Satellites, Artemis

Google Wants to Use AI to Track Pollution from Every Power Plant on Earth

Satellites are our eyes in the sky or, er, in space. Now, a coalition of groups is turning to satellites and AI technology to help monitor emissions from all the world’s power plants. Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Earth, Air Pollution, Satellites, Emissions, Power Plants, Uh Oh, Every Power Plant

This Goofy Apple Computer Video From 1987 Has Futuristic Gadgets That We're Still Waiting For

Apple Computer was an innovative and nimble company in 1987, so it makes sense that people at the tech giant would imagine a world dominated by Apple ten years into the future. And that’s precisely what it did when it released this goofy video from the perspective of the year 1997.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, News, Communication, Newspapers, Computers, Satellites, Apple Computer, Predictions, Future Of News, Steve Wozniak

NASA Says Fraudulent Supplier Caused It to Lose Two Climate Satellites, Wasting Over $700 Million

NASA has found its loss of two 92-foot Taurus rockets—as well as the climate-monitoring satellites they were carrying—in 2009 and 2011 was due to a supplier that falsified test data about frangible joints that were supposed to split and release the rockets’ fairings, according to Quartz.Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Climate Change, Nasa, Fraud, Scams, Satellites, Rockets, Orbital Science, Orbital Atk, Spi Inc

FCC Clears SpaceX to Launch Nearly 1,600 Internet-Beaming Satellites to a Lower Orbit

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s plans to fly a fleet of internet-transmitting satellites, Starlink, at a “lower orbit than originally planned,” the Verge reported on Saturday.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Space, Spacex, Science, Technology, Internet, Broadband, Satellites, StarLink, Internet Satellites

New NASA Mission Will Measure the Mysterious Glow of Earth's Plants

Packed alongside supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station on an otherwise routine SpaceX resupply run, something rather special is headed to orbit next week: a refrigerator-sized instrument that’ll measure the glow of Earth’s plant life.Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Satellites, Glow Up, Oco3

Dramatic Satellite Photos Show Historic Flooding Across Central U.S. in Wake of Bomb Cyclone

When last week’s bomb cyclone hit the Midwest, it was hard to imagine the inundation it could bring amid whiteout conditions and more than a foot of snow. But the warm weather that wrapped in behind it quickly melted out all that white stuff and unleashed historic flooding across parts of Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Satellites, Flooding, Midwest, Missouri River, Nebraska Iowa South Dakota, Weather Is Happening, Across Central U S in Wake of Bomb Cyclone

Earth's Low Orbit Needs Legal Protection Before It Becomes a Cosmic Junkyard

The area immediately above our planet where most of our satellites live might seem like an inexhaustible place, but it’s not. Low Earth orbit is quickly filling up with all sorts of junk, and the potential for a disaster has never been greater. Here’s how laws and international treaties can help—and why we need to…Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Satellites, Environmentalism, Leo, Space Junk, Low Earth Orbit, Low Earth, Space Pollution

Space Harpoon Successfully Snatches Floating Hunk of Space Junk

A small satellite has captured a piece of space debris using a claw-tipped harpoon. The test represents an important technological achievement given our mounting space junk problem.Read more...
Tags: Science, Satellites, Space Junk, Space Debris, RemoveDEBRIS, Space Harpoons

Gaze Into the Giant Storm Swirling Over the Pacific Ocean

Forget Bad Winter, a season of Boring Winter is upon us. At least, if you live in the Northeast U.S. Head on over to the North Pacific, and it’s a different story. Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate, Satellites, Storms, Pacific Ocean, North Pacific, Sometimes Earth Is Just Hella Pretty

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